New York Times takes aim at Thanksgiving, and indoctrinating kids
There was a time not too long ago when The New York Times was a newspaper, not a wokeness manufacturing plant churning out identity politics and anti-American screeds. Its pages once reported the news and opined from many quarters the pressing matters of the day.
But now? Now the storied broadsheet has all but given up on adults and is publishing teaching guides to ensure our kids truly understand how horrible their country is.
Last year it was “The 1619 Project,” an effort at reframing the American story so wrong that historians wrote letters in protest. This year, the Times aims to “fix” our kids’ understanding of Thanksgiving. It does this through “The Learning Network,” a service aimed at students and educators to “Teach and Learn With The Times.”
Journalism isn’t enough. Indoctrination is necessary.
On The Learning Network this holiday, The Times tells high schoolers that “The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year” and asks them to consider some questions, including: “How do you think Americans should hold the myth of Thanksgiving alongside the realities of violence toward Native Americans? Is one side of the story more important than the other?”
And: “How have different states, activists and organizations tried to reverse the ‘historical amnesia’ about Indigenous people and the effects of colonization?”
Here’s the thing: There is no historical amnesia.
These exercises in scholasticism from the Times are built on a ludicrous straw man. I’m old. Like, had a beeper when I was 25 old.
And even when I was in grade school, nobody was learning that America had never sinned, that it was cut in alabaster and a perfect, blameless nation. We learned about the atrocities. The notion there are all these kids, in Trump country presumably, learning that slavery wasn’t so bad and the Native Americans had it coming isn’t just absurd, it’s a lie.
The justification for the excesses and ahistorical nonsense of Critical Race Theory, training in which apparently every white government employee is supposed to take, is that they redress long-standing racist lies about America’s past. But there is likely no nation on earth now or ever which views its own past with a more critical eye than America.
The reason we call the United States an experiment is because we know things have and will continue to go wrong. We have not independently reproduced the hypothesis of freedom and equality framed by the founders in a perfect form; we have, though, by our fits and starts, made progress not only for our nation but for our world. What we have built is something to be proud of and grateful for.
Ultimately this is what The New York Times wants to ensure that children do not believe, though it is true. Should our children believe that there is goodness in the history of their nation, that our path is true, they may also believe that fidelity to its principles will produce yet more progress.
That is anathema to The New York Times, which would prefer they believe evil is systemic in America, always has been, and we cannot be saved until our systems themselves are broken down and destroyed.
This is not about giving our children an accurate or nuanced view of history, one in which the pitfalls of the past can inform the decisions of the future; it is about power, pure and simple. It is about creating a new generation of Americans who fundamentally distrust its institutions, its values, and its history. Not content with tearing down statues, the left is painting one of America’s holidays — one centered around the notions of family and giving thanks — as little more than a further bloodstain on the nation.
Happily, even if schools, the ones that are actually open anyway, choose to adopt the Times’ approach to teaching Thanksgiving, as parents we don’t have to. Do not be shamed into denying your kids, your family, a Thanksgiving in which we appreciate and show gratitude for our freedoms, all while acknowledging our imperfections not as some original and immutable sin, but as the growing pains of a great and proud nation.
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